Puneet joined Watsi on October 19th, 2013. 36 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Puneet's most recent donation traveled 1,800 miles to support Norng, a 77-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery to improve his vision.
Puneet has funded healthcare for 106 patients in 13 countries.
Puneet has funded healthcare for 106 patients in 13 countries.
Norng is a retired rice farmer with one daughter, four sons, and 11 grandchildren. Norng lives with his wife and their youngest son who is also a farmer. In his free time, Norng enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Norng developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he is not able to go places on his own. When Norng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 3rd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Norng shared, "I hope after surgery I can see clearly. I would like to travel on my own to join ceremonies at the pagoda."
Guy is an 8-year-old student from Haiti. Her lives with his parents and younger brother and sister in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. He likes going to school and dressing up for church. Guy has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of his heart; blood leaks through this hole without properly circulating through his body, leaving him sickly and weak. Guy will fly to nearby Dominican Republic to receive treatment as the care he needs is not currently available in Haiti. On February 28th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will sew a patch over the hole in his heart so that blood can no longer leak through it. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is contributing $8000 to help pay for his surgery. Guy's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and his check-up and follow-up appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner who will accompany Guy's family overseas. His mom is relieved that his surgery is finally happening and shared: "I am looking forward to seeing my son gaining weight and strength after his surgery!"
Sim is a 62-year-old cake seller with two daughters, three sons, and six grandchildren. She lives with her youngest son, who is a construction worker. Because of her age and vision, Sim shared that she has been unable to bake and sell cakes so she now stays home to take care of her grandchildren. When not caring for her grandchildren, Sim likes to listen to the radio for the news and the monks' prayers. One year ago, Sim developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. As a result, she is unable to go places on her own. When Sim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and half hours seeking treatment. On January 18th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund her procedure. Sim shared, "After surgery, I hope my eye can see better. I'd like to go outside without worrying and make cakes to sell again."
Kroy is a 75-year-old farmer. He has one son, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. Kroy shared that his wife passed away a while ago, and he now lives with his youngest daughter, who is also a farmer. When he has free time, Kroy likes to visit his relatives. Around five years ago, Kroy developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he cannot go places independently. When Kroy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for eight hours seeking treatment. On February 22nd, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Kroy said, "After surgery, I hope I can go around by myself well and plant some vegetables outside my house."
Hannfa is a 17-year-old student with two older siblings, but he is the only child still at home. He just graduated from high school and would like to study law at university. His parents are vegetable farmers about thirty minutes outside of the capital city of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. They sell their vegetables at a local market to support themselves and their family. Hannfa likes to read and listen to music on his phone. In September 2019, he was driving his motorbike home from school when he collided with another motorbike. He fractured his right femur and his right patella. He spent three weeks in a government hospital and had a surgery with many plates and screws implanted to heal the fractures. His incision has healed, but his right leg is now two centimeters shorter than his left leg. He has a harder time walking and cannot play active sports due to a chronic pain in his leg. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 12th, Hannfa will undergo a fracture hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. The hardware removal will allow him to walk easily again and eliminate his pain. Hannfa said: "I want to walk well again and be active. I hope the doctors can fix my leg so I don't have to visit hospitals again and I can go to school at the university."
Aziza is 14-year-old girl and the second born child in a family of three children. She has just completed her class seven exams and looks forward to joining secondary school once the national examination results are out. She would love to be a teacher when she grows up. Aziza was involved in a fire accident when she was just three years old and she had not been able to use her left hand to hold things or be able to participate in many home chores. Aziza had surgery in February 2020 to release the burn contracture on her hand, which went a long way to enable her to use her hand more. Now, Aziza also needs an amputation of the small finger of her left hand. Her small finger has significant flexion contracture with severe damage to the joint capsules. Aziza is being raised by one of her aunts while her other siblings are being raised by other relatives after their mother passed away three years ago. Their father is not reliable in taking care of the children, and that’s when relatives decided to come in to help since they would miss meals and they didn’t have anyone to wash their clothes or provide them with other needs. Aziza’s aunt has three children of her own and including Aziza she has a total of four children. Aziza’s aunt is a stay at home wife while the husband sells bicycle spare parts and repairs them for a living. The income is not much but just enough to help support the family. Aziza says, “I am scared to lose a part of my hand but I agree with the surgeons that it is necessary and I hope it will help me be able to use my hand more. Please help me get this treatment.”
Muon is a 57-year-old woman with has two siblings. She has dedicated her life to her local pagoda. She lives at the pagoda, makes sure the young monks have food, and that the pagoda is cleaned routinely. Three years ago, Muon developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her to see only shadows. She is unable to recognize people or to see in bright or dim lighting. When Muon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled across the country for eight hours seeking treatment. On December 9th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Muon shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see better. Then I can prepare and clean the pagoda and take care of myself."
Saray is a 16-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. His parents are rice farmers, and he has an older brother and an older sister. When he is not working, he enjoys playing football, volleyball and games on his phone. He also likes to sing with his friends. Four months ago, while playing football, Saray fell on his shoulder and a mass appeared and grew quickly. A biopsy revealed that he has osteosarcoma of the shoulder, a rare type of bone cancer in which cancerous cells produce irregular bone. Although osteosarcoma is rare, it is the most common childhood bone cancer. He cannot move his shoulder and experiences persistent bone pain. Fortunately, a CT scan revealed that cancer has not yet spread. This diagnosis is very difficult for a young man with his whole life ahead of him. When Saray's parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled there to see a specialist. On December 8th, surgeons at CSC will perform a shoulder disarticulation procedure, during which they will separate his entire arm from the shoulder joint. This procedure will remove the mass, avoid metastasis, and allow Saray to seek further treatment. Now, he and his family need help raising $446 to fund his procedure and care. Saray shared that he hopes that cancer will not reappear after the mass is gone, and he can be without pain.
Marigarita is a four-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of four children. Both of her parents are farmers, growing maize for food. They get some money from doing manual labor jobs such as harvesting and looking after other people's farms. Marigarita was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. Her legs bow inward so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she feels pain after walking a long distance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Marigarita. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 3rd. Treatment will hopefully restore Marigarita's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Marigarita’s mother says, “Please help treat my daughter so that she can walk well without difficulty.”
Liam is 3-year-old and the only child in his family. His mother is a housewife without a source of income and his father is a small-scale farmer tending food crops. They occasionally can sell crops when there's surplus to help earn more for their family. The income from the venture is small and inconsistent, and not sufficient to help pay for the treatment Liam requires. In August 2020, Liam was diagnosed with right inguinal hernia. He successfully had a right hernia repair surgery last year in August with support from Watsi donors. Unfortunately, doctors have now diagnosed a recurrence on his left side. He now has pains and a swollen stomach. Fortunately, on December 7th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $585 to fund Liam's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Liam’s mother says, “We had hoped our kid was doing well. This hernia is making his stomach swell and in pain. He needs this treatment urgently to relieve these discomforts.”
Mapai is a three-year-old and the second born child in a family of three children. Mapai is a charming and social. He was born a healthy child but when he was two years old his parents noticed his right leg was slightly curved. They thought he would grow out of it with time. At the time, his parents couldn’t afford to seek treatment for him due to financial challenges. Mapai’s parents are livestock keepers from a remote village where health facilities are not easy to get to. A family who also had a similar condition to Mapai shared with his parents that they should visit our medical partner at The Plaster House. They had received treatment there and their child was now doing well. Mapai's family decided to travel there and hoped they could also get the care he needed. Mapai was diagnosed with right valgus, where his right leg is bending inwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Mapai is having a hard time walking and moving around. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Mapai. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 26th. Treatment will hopefully restore Mapai's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Mapai’s father says, “You can see how much he is struggling to walk, I have no means to afford the treatment costs, please help.”
Sarorn is a 45-year-old farmer who is married and her husband also works as a farmer. Together, they have two daughters. In her free time, Sarorn enjoys watching TV at home. Three months ago, Sarorn developed an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, in her right ear to perforate. As a result, Sarorn experiences pain, itchiness, ear discharge, and a ringing in her ears known as tinnitus. These symptoms make it difficult for her to communicate well with others. As medication from the pharmacy has not helped, Sarorn traveled to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), hoping to receive treatment. On November 4th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure, in which surgeons will close the perforation in her right ear. CSC is requesting $464 to fund this procedure, which includes all medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sarorn shared, "I really hope my ear pain will stop and my hearing can improve."